Jim Lowe's original single in late '56 replaced Elvis' Love Me Tender for #1 on the charts. There've been a lot of covers, but the Cramps reached best into the really creepy quality in some of its lyrics - the quieter and slower you play the chorus the more creepy it is. Surprised no version has ever been in a horror film, hmm. There are also rumors the song is actually about a lesbian bar, adding another fascinating element to it especially picturing all those honky-dory folks listening to it in the '50s...
Many years ago this was cut as a protest song against wealth, social climbing and a broken hearted plea too. A couple years ago though Cadillac used the song to sell rich people cars. See how cool those people who pick commercial promo music are? Yeah me neither, fnck them.
Another case where the cover is the original song. Peter Laughner, a sort of American Peter Perrett, Dylan devotee, formed 2 crucial bands - Rocket From The Tombs and Pere Ubu. Dead at 24, his version released after the Dead Boys famous cover of it (and Guns and Roses later)
Happy Halloween. Closing the scary theme with one of the scariest songs to me - no demons, no witches, but ghosts definitely, (implied) suicide, burial and memories that haunt you. originally cut by the Carter family in the 30s (I think?). Scary and sad and beautiful in this version.
The Pixies do something odd here - they cover a (sort of) hit song (Jesus & Mary Chain) in less than two years since it was even out. Like most of their recorded work though.........it's quite good anyway.
The original (Riverdales) was basically a Ramones cover that the Ramones didn't do (written to sound like the Ramones etc) but the cover is even better because its cooler when girls don't wanna go to the party
The MC5 did it good as a cover too, but that fine band seems like kids next to the Dolls version....they were cover specialists who understood that there's trashy camp in such song and David plays it up as the band kicks up a glorious racket.